And please sleep long enough to dream

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New page published today, on the 1942 Irving Berlin song “I’m Getting Tired So I Can Sleep,” from This Is The Army. The song was included on the second page of my Irving Berlin: selected “I’m” songs feature published a few days ago, but after adding several more recordings of “Getting Tired” the feature had grown very long, with over 45 videos and audio players included. Although I could have expanded the feature to three pages, I decided instead to create a separate page for that one song. Here’s a link to the new page:

I’m Getting Tired So I Can Sleep

From The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin, edited by Robert Kimball and Linda Emmet (2001), p. 358:

Published. Copyrighted June 18, 1942. Introduced by Private William Horne and an “Octette” consisting of Sergeant Zinn Arthur, Corporal James Burrell, and Privates Orville Race, James Farrell, Thomas Chetlin, William Collier, Earl Lipp, and Donald McCray. The idea for the song came from the Yip, Yip, Yaphank song “Dream On, Little Soldier Boy.”* Leading recording by Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra (Decca).

Recordings included are as follows:

  • Claude Thornhill and his Orchestra, vocal: Terry Allen — recorded on 19 June 1942 and issued in 1942 on the 78 rpm single (US) Columbia 36658, b/w “Rock-A-Bye Bay”; issued in Canada on Columbia C687 with the same B-side
  • Kenny Baker with Harry Sosnick and his Orchestra — recorded on 26 June 1942; issued on Decca 18442, c/w “I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen”
  • Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra, vocal: Bob Eberly — recorded on 14 July 1942; issued in August 1942 on the 78 rpm single Decca 18462, b/w “Ev’ry Night About This Time”
  • Hal McIntyre and his Orchestra, vocal: Jerry Stuart — recorded on 22 July 1942; issued on Victor 27951, b/w “This Is the Army, Mr. Jones”
  • Pvt. Stuart Churchill and Soldier Octet with Orchestra and Octet Under Direction of Cpl. Milton Rosenstock — recorded on 28 July 1942; released on the 78 rpm single Decca 18475, as the B-side of “The Army’s Made a Man of Me”; also released in 1942 on the 4 disk original all-soldier Broadway cast album This Is the Army, Decca A-340, and the LP single disk version of the album, Decca DL 5108

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  • Victor “First Nighter” Orchestra, with vocals by Brad Reynolds (lead) and Men’s Chorus — recorded on 30 July 1942 and issued 21 August 1942 on the 78 rpm single Victor 27956, b/w “That’s What the Well Dressed Man in Harlem Will Wear” (B-side vocal by Fats Waller and Men’s Chorus)
  • Barry Wood – issued c. mid-August 1942 on the 78 rpm single Bluebird B-11572, b/w “Why Don’t You Fall in Love with Me (As Long As You’re Not in Love With Anyone Else)”
  • Harry James and his Music Makers, vocal: Johnny McAfee — from the album Live broadcast from the Astor Roof on August 28, 1942, released (according to Discogs.com) in 1979
  • Dennis Day — medley: “I’m Getting Tired So I Can Sleep” / “I’ll See You In My Dreams”; in a transcription of the “Liberty Ship” episode of the Jack Benny Show (radio), broadcast on 6 December 1942
  • Stuart Foster — from, according to the video provider, “January 19, 1943 Victory Parade Of Spotlight Bands orchestra directed by Ina Ray Hutton”
  • Dinah Shore — from, according to the video provider, “February 3, 1943 Eddie Cantor It’s Time To Smile radio program

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